After 2 nights in Cooktown we headed north west towards Weipa on the west coast of Far North Queensland. We stopped in the small town of Laura for morning tea but first we were taken to see the art of the Quinkan Region. UNESCO rate this region as one of the top ten rock art areas of the world. Aboriginal occupation of this area dates back over 37,000 years.
Our local aboriginal guide, Roy, hiked us up a steep escarpment to overhanging rock shelters. He called out to the Quinkan spirits to let them know we were coming.
"Split Rock"track led us up to the top of the hill.
Roy explained the motifs to us. There are many of these painted caves in this area
The view from up here was great but then we had to negotiate the descent.
TOH did well to climb this hill in the tropical heat. He was looking forward to the coffee waiting for us at the bottom, which the driver had prepared from the bus.
Down, down, down.
We drove into Laura and visited the Quinkan Cultural Centre. I love the aboriginal art.
The store where we bought our ice cream had this old Austin car in their yard. It is an identical model of the first ever car to drive to the tip of Australia back in the early 1900's. How they did it is mind boggling as the roads were just dirt tracks through the bush, swamps and creeks.
Next stop was the Hann Roadhouse for lunch. These places are so isolated. It is miles and miles to the next town.
The road house had a variety of tame animals. This emu was coming at me to say hello but I wasn't too sure about that muddy beak and what he might do with it.
One of the tourists shared her ice cream with a friendly Rainbow Lorrikeet.
Back in the bus we drove through the river and we were on our way further north.